This morning as the husband and I were shuffling around the kitchen trying to get coffee ready, oatmeal prepared and the dog fed, Octavian did what he does every morning, barricade my path with his little body and stubbornly refuse to move, "Mama, up. Mama, up! MAMAAA! UPPP!" In order to get to my coffee, I obliged and did what I was told.
Sometimes, when I hold my dear child he gets so excited that he hugs so tight and excitedly that his hugs also include lots of clawing and pinching and hair pulling. He just really loves me, don't worry. At least we've gotten the biting under control.
So, when the husband saw this go down he reminded Octavian, "Hey, Buddy, be gentle with Mama. Mama's delicate." To clarify, Octavian responded back, "Mama delicate? Like a decowation?"
I stopped, looked at my husband, looked down at Octavian and thought, who are you? when did my baby get so big?
So, I made a mental note of the moment, thinking blog about this or you'll forget about it, and then I said to him, "Yes, smart child, like a decoration."
Our morning was followed by this lovely little broccoli and edamame salad in the afternoon for lunch. Octavian loves broccoli, so I was hoping to be sneaky and introduce edamame to him since it, too, is green and would be mixed in with the broccoli. Well, like so many of my sneaky vegetable plans, my not-to-be-fooled toddler wasn't interested.
Oh well, more creamy buttery peanut-sauce-covered broccoli for me.
Broccoli + Edamame Salad with Peanut Sauce
Prep Time: 15 minutes / Cook Time: 1 minute / Total Time: approximately 15 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings
4 cups (approximately) fresh broccoli, cut into small florets
1 cup shelled cooked edamame
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
1/2 cup salted peanuts
3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1-2 teaspoon fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
1-2 tablespoons hot water
salt, to taste
To get the broccoli salad started, heat a large pot of water and bring it to a boil. Add the broccoli florets and boil for approximately 1 minute (do not over-boil!) Carefully drain boiling water and transfer broccoli to a large bowl of ice water to stop cooking. Once cooled completely, drain and set aside in a large bowl.
To the bowl of broccoli, add the edamame, green onion, peanuts and cilantro. Mix well and set aside.
To make the peanut sauce whisk all ingredients together until fully combined. If dressing is too thick, whisk in more hot water a teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency (I find that thicker is a little better).
Toss with broccoli salad until everything is completely coated. Add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with white and black sesame seeds, if desired.
Inspired by Gimme Some Oven